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Preventing flu at church

DUBUQUE (KWWL)-- In light of the H1N1 flu outbreak, some churches are changing practices.

In Dubuque, at church of the Resurrection Catholic Church, Father Joe Hauer began Sunday's Mass by discussing the H1N1 flu with parishioners.

He said this flu isn't something to be panicked about, and communion still includes a common cup to drink from. Father Hauer reminded parishioners common practice for those who are sick or who have ill family members not to drink from the cup.

"I didn't see anybody come this weekend with a mask on our anything like that, so I think people realize that if you take ordinary precautions like washing your hands for as long as it takes to say the ABC song with warm water and soap that that's probably the best protection," said Father Hauer.

Father Hauer says he's heard of some Catholic churches in Chicago not using a common cup at all but since there have been no confirmed cases in his immediate area, that step is unnecessary.

Online Reporter: Jamie Grey

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